Primate Origins: Adaptations and Evolution

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Matthew J. Ravosa, Marian Dagosto
Springer Science & Business Media, 5 janv. 2007 - 829 pages

This book provides a novel focus on adaptive explanations for cranial and postcranial features and functional complexes, socioecological systems, life history patterns, etc. in early primates. It further offers a detailed rendering of the phylogenetic affinities of such basal taxa to later primate clades as well as to other early/recent mammalian orders. In addition to the strictly paleontological or systemic questions regarding Primate Origins, the editors concentrate on the adaptive significance of primate characteristics. Thus, the book provides the broadest possible perspective on early primate phylogeny and the adaptive uniqueness of the Order Primates.

 

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Table des matières

A Molecular Classification for the Living Orders of Placental
1
New Light on the Dates of Primate Origins and Divergence
29
The Postcranial Morphology of Ptilocercus lowii
51
A Reappraisal of Historical Data
83
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137
Primate Origins
143
JawMuscle Function and the Origin of Primates
179
Were Basal Primates Nocturnal? Evidence From Eye
233
Morphological Correlates of Forelimb Protraction
437
Ancestral Locomotor Modes Placental Mammals
457
The Postcranial Morphotype of Primates
489
Encephalization
583
Evolutionary Specializations of Primate Brain Systems
625
New Views on the Origin of Primate Social
667
An Evolutionary Perspective
703
Episodic Molecular Evolution of Some Protein Hormones
739

Oculomotor Stability and the Functions of
257
Primate Origins and the Function of the Circumorbital
285
Origins of Grasping and Locomotor Adaptations
324
Evolvability Limb Morphology and Primate Origins
381
Primate Gaits and Primate Origins
403
Parallelisms Among Primates and Possums
775
Perspectives on Primate Color Vision
805
Taxon Index
821
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